Bahia Honda, Florida

This picture is soft pastels on sanded paper over a bright fuchsia alcohol wash. I enjoyed doing it, although it was difficult not to blend. I am a blending addict. LOL!

The state with the prettiest name, the state that floats in brackish water, held together by mangrove roots. – Elizabeth Bishop

Pear — Yummy!

This pear is yummy in more ways than one. I love how it came out! I followed a youtube tutorial by Alain Picard and, although it was difficult to allow the marks to stay on the paper and fly around making more marks, I enjoyed it and love it! This is pastels on sanded paper. I really want to loosen up and so I got tired of my tight-fisted landscapes and went searching on youtube. I struggled to do what he said to do. LOL! I gritted my teeth when I wanted to smooth everything out. I had to walk away and come back several times, because I was actually thinking of taking it down from the easel and putting it on a table so that I could hang over it and do details, which would have ruined it. Do you think I caught the essence of the pear? I think so. Yum!

I do love pears. All types of pears. Not too firm, not too soft; they have to be at the right time of their life. — Christina Milian

Howard Tunnel

This is not part of the course I am taking. I just wanted to do this picture. I took the photo several years ago. It is part of the Kokosing Gap Trail in Knox County, Ohio. This is a 9×12 on toned paper, pastel pencils.

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. — Helen Keller

Stormy Waters

This is the water lesson in the Pastel Landscape Mastery course with The Virtual Instructor. I am starting to get discouraged. Skies and water are my nemeses. (Is that the right word? LOL!) I guess that means I need more practice with them. Ugh…

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. — Charles Simic

Spanish Streetscape

This is from the next lesson in the Pastel Landscape Mastery course with The Virtual Instructor. He used a photo that I decided was too busy for me. I chose my photo because it was calmer and quieter. This is pastel pencils on 9×12 sanded paper.

(A beautiful view of Rota, Spain, where we spent the first years of our marriage.)

Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart. — Washington Irving

Reagan… Again.

I recently found a very nifty book with photos of Ronald Reagan during his presidency. It is called Images of Greatness: An Intimate Look at the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. Such nifty pictures. I have chosen a few for portraits. One for a figure drawing. I will try to get to those over the next few months. This one has the following caption: “The president listens intently during a cabinet meeting. He sometimes wore reading glasses in the Cabinet Room and Oval Office.” This is charcoal on 12×16 light brown pastel paper.

I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse. — Ronald Reagan

Trees and Rocks

Here are my next two lessons in Pastel Landscape Mastery. This first one is pastel pencils on sanded paper.

This next one is soft pastels on 8×10 velour paper.

I am also, in between lessons, working on another portrait. I love me some portraits! LOL!

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. — Lord Byron

Sunset on the Sea

This is my second lesson in the Pastel Landscapes Mastery course. I did it twice. Once on Canson Mi-Teintes paper and it didn’t look good to me. So, this one is on sanded paper. I love it!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. — Rabindranath Tagore

Evening in the Hills

The ongoing struggle with landscapes has led me to return to my favorite teacher, Matt at The Virtual Instructor. I have enrolled in the Pastel Landscape Mastery course and this is my first piece.

This is an 11×14 soft pastel on velour paper. I believe the scene is the hills of Italy.

What a nice night for an evening. — Steven Wright

Horse Barn

This was a photo I found in a nifty new book I got at the library book store, yesterday. It is a big book of American barns. The original photo had a big, fancy, white horse barn, but I wanted a little red barn. So, I used a log barn from another photo. This is pastels on 8×10 yellow paper.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful. — Alice Walker